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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Jeffrey A. Wohlberg on 29 September 1988

https://opensiddur.org/?p=47641 Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Jeffrey A. Wohlberg on 29 September 1988 2022-11-26 15:15:57 The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 29 September 1988. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) the Congressional Record of the United States of America Jeffrey Wohlberg https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Opening Prayers for Legislative Bodies United States of America 20th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer space travel Prayers of Guest Chaplains U.S. Senate 100th Congress STS-26 space science prayers for astronauts
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Jeffrey A. Wohlberg, Adas Israel Congregation, Washington, DC
Date of Prayer: 29 September 1988
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O Lord, we turn to you in prayer.
Give us the courage to quarrel—
not for petty things but for important ones.
Give us the courage to quarrel
with the forces in this world that de-humanize society,
that profane existence,
that separate brother from brother.

But let our quarreling not be destructive, O God.
Let it be out of love,
not envy,
in order to build up,
not to break down.

Let us quarrel with ignorance;
let us quarrel with bigotry;
let us quarrel with hopelessness.

Let us be counted among
those who quarrel with pain,
who alleviate it by sharing it.

Let us be among
those who are not satisfied with the status quo,
who yearn and work for a better world—
in outer space
and in the inner cities of our land.

May we bring into this world
a bit more truth,
a little more justice,
a bit more sensitivity than there would have been
if we had not loved the world enough
to quarrel with it
out of a vision of what ought to be.

May our prayers and our deeds
be pleasing to you, O Lord,
whose lover’s quarrel with the world
to perfect itself
is our constant guide
and continuing challenge.

We add our personal and collective prayers, Lord,
for our astronauts.
May they ascend in peace
and return in peace.[1] This addition to the prayer refers to STS-26, the 26th NASA Space Shuttle mission and the seventh flight of the orbiter Discovery.  
Amen.

Source(s)

100th Congress, 2nd Session. C-SPAN.
Congressional Record, Vol. 134, Part 18 — Bound Edition, p. 14316.

Congressional Record v. 134, part 18 – 29 September 1988. p. 26512

 

Notes

Notes
1This addition to the prayer refers to STS-26, the 26th NASA Space Shuttle mission and the seventh flight of the orbiter Discovery.

 

 

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